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Senate | January 28, 2015 | Chamber | Senate session

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Senate will come to order. Sergeant at arms close the doors. Members will go to their seats. Members and guests in the gallery, please silence all electronic devices. Leading the senate in prayer is Reverend Peter Milner, Senate Chaplain. All members and guests in the gallery will please stand. [Speaker Changes] Let's pray together. Lord, as we convene and bow our heads, we come before you, the maker of all things. The maker of the perfect law, we ask that you Lord God would raise up. Spokesman and spokeswoman maybe be drawn to truth, to justice, to kindness as we gather, we are reminded of Paul's words to Timothy. To pray for our kings and so we pray. Bless we ask those assembled, their families, their intentions, their endeavors. We pray to these men and women to my left and right will be given the rights words to speak. That they would be granted wisdom beyond their native capacity. We pray against that judgments, we pray these policies would be put into place that would not hinder religious freedom nor encourage oppression. We are grateful to you Jesus for being with us. And for interceding for us right now. We give you praise and we commit this session into your hands. We pray in Jesus name. Amen! [Speaker Changes] Senate Berger's recognized for a motion. [Speaker Changes] Thank you, Mr. President. The journal of Wednesday, January 14, 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [Speaker Changes] Senators come to order. Let's come to order. Without objection the journal for January 14, 2015 stands approved as written. Senators we have leave of office granted today for Senator Bingham. Also going to recognize Senators our notes for the day. Our nurse for the day is Carol Wambo?? from Greensburg North Carolina. Nurse Wambo, please, stand to be organized. Thanks for your service to the senate. And Senators, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to the Governor of the great state of North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory. Governor thank you for joining us. Applying the motion of Senator Harrington of Gaston County, the Chair is happy to extend courtesies of the gallery to her husband and former representative Mike Harrington and cousins Carolyn Kader ?? and Erin Kader. If you are with us please stand to be recognized. Thank you for joining us today. Message from the house. Clerk will read. [Speaker Changes] Message from the house. Mr. President, in order that a message be sent to the senate informing the honorable body that the House of Representative is organized and now ready to proceed with the public business of the state and has elected the following office of the speaker representative Tim Moore, speaker pro tempore Representative Paul Stam, Principal Clerk Denise G. Weeks, and pursuant to House Rule 45 the speaker has appointed Sergeant at Arms, Garland Shepheard. Further be advised that the house has been notified of the election of the following party offices. Majority leader, representative Mike Hager. The Deputy Majority leader, representative...

Representative Marilyn Avila. Majority Whip, Representative John R. Bell, IV. Conference Chair, Representative Charles Jeter. Joint Caucus Leader, Representative Pat B. Hurley. Majority Freshman Leader, Representative John A. Fraley. Majority Freshman Whip, Representative John R. Bradford, III. Democratic Leader, Representative Larry D. Hall. Deputy Democratic Leader, Representative Susan C. Fisher. Secretary, Representative Bobby Richardson. Executive Liaison, Representative Henry M. Michaux, Jr. Representative Michael H. Wray. Democratic Conference Chairs, Representative Garland E. Pierce. Representative Grier Martin. Freshman Caucus co-chairs, Representative Graig R. Meyer, Representative Richard T. Reives, II. Respectfully, Denise Weeks, Principal Clerk. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President, a motion please. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I move the rules be suspended to the end, that Senate Joint Resolution 4, State of the State, which was file today, be placed on the calendar for introduction and be brought before us for immediate consideration. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Objection, civil order. Senate Joint Resolution 4, the clerk will read on first reading. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Joint Resolution 4, a joint resolution informing his excellency, Governor Pat McCrory, that the general assembly is organized and ready to proceed with public business in inviting the governor to address the joint section of the Senate and House of Representatives. Sponsor, Senator Apodaca. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Second reading, Senate Joint Resolution 4, the clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senate Joint Resolution 4, the State of the State. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca is recognized to speak to the resolution. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President, members. This is our biannual State of the State address by the Governor. He enjoys it so much here that he wants to come back Wednesday so we want to extend him the invitation Wednesday of next week. It will February 4th, 2015 at 7:00 P.M., it will be held in the House. I ask for your support. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Is there any further discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 4 on its second reading. We will do an electronic vote. Five seconds will be allowed for the voting, Senators. All in favor will vote aye, opposed will vote no, 45 having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Somebody's cut mine off. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Okay, let's do that again. [SPEAKER CHANGES] It's not working, either one. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Let's retake the vote, here. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I tried to hit no and it didn't come up. Just kidding. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Alright, we'll re-vote here. Wipe that one out. So the question before the senate is the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 4 on its second reading. All in favor will vote aye, opposed will vote no, five seconds will be allowed for the vote, the clerk will record the vote. Forty-eight having voted in the affirmative and zero in the negative. Senate Joint Resolution 4 passes its second reading. Without objection, it will be read a third time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] North Carolina General Assembly enacts. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any discussion or debate? Hearing none, the question before the senate is the adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 4 on its third reading. All in favor will say aye, opposed no. The aye's have it. Senate Joint Resolution 4 passes its third reading. It will be sent to the house by special message. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Do we have any notices or announcements? Senator Apodaca? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Additional motion, Mr. President. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Apodaca has the floor for his motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President. Move that roles be suspended to the end, that all bills filed today in the Senate Clerk's Office and receive for their introduction and first reading will be done on Monday, February the 2nd. [SPEAKER CHANGES] No objection, so ordered. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Newton, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] To make an announcement and a moment of personal privilege. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator, you have the floor for

Thank you Mr President, Colleagues, Welcome back to town. We have a lot of work ahead of us. It's going to be interesting to hear the state of the state from the governor next week. And In keeping with the tradition , one of the most popular caucuses in the general assembly, the sportsmen caucus will be gathering for activity next week. You should have all received in your Email inboxes invitations to join the caucus. So, Please look for that. Also on our desks have been placed further information about that. So we have some activities next week. we will have a reception at the Natural museum in science and history, which should be a lot of fun and hear about issues to our outdoor sporting heritage. We will have a breakfast that morning as well and all are welcome to attend at 7:30 downstairs as usual and hear more of the same. And on Wednesday before the governor comes and lets us know what's going on, there will be a lot of activities here in the general assembly. I believe it's the 1100 quad as we have done in the past. So, a lot of interesting exhibits at the wild life commission will be setting up for us and activities. There should be a challenge between the senate and the house on target shooting with pellet guns out on Halifax mall. Senator Schuchek, we are counting on you to bring home the trophy again. we have got to up hold our standards in the body. Anybody who wishes to participate, Please be on the look out for that. That's usually a lot of fun and a lot of good information. So, Look forward to joining you. Thank you. [Speaker Changes] May we have other notices or announcements. Senator Bloom, what purpose did you rise? [Speaker Changes] appoint a personal privilege [Speaker Changes] Senator Bloom, you have the floor for appoint a personal privilege [Speaker Changes] Thank you Mr President and to my colleagues here in the senate. As we convene today, beginning yet another long legilative session, we take stock of the fact that millions of hard working middle class families across the nation are finally getting back to work, feeling a little more secure. Having just a little bit easier of a time, putting food on the table and raising their children. So, after the global recession that rocked our economy to its very core, our stock market is soaring and employers, large and small hiring again. And across the nation, we are in the midst of a great recovery. I too look forward to the governor's address next week because we want to have to address some real issues facing North Carolina because here too in North Carolina we hear of comebacks. And for a fortunate few , the past few years have brought great prosperity. But more and more it is becoming clear in our state too middle class families are not feeling the recovery in their day today lives. For these families, the cost of living has gone up with new and increased taxes. Wages remain too low and small businesses and employers have been unable to grow and hire. Our children schools have seen drastic cuts where students have been crammed to under stocked class rooms as the best teachers leave the state. And for these middle class families, who form a vast majority of our state, there has been no economic comeback. So, while the legislature has made it a priority to see to it that our wealthiest individuals and nation's largest corporations on a solid footing, it's time now in this session to focus our attention on the middle class bring in relief and new opportunities to North carolina's hardworking families. So, as we begin our another long legislative session, Let's focus on job creation for the middle class. I heard the governor talk about that. Let's focus on investment and small business growth and ensure that we providing relief to all North Carolinians. It's time to put more money in the pockets of working families by providing tax relief to the middle class , not just to the wealthiest individual and large out of state corporations. Education plays a key role in attracting any business to the state. And in order to remain competitive, we must raise teacher pay to the national average. As the ninth largest state in our nation, we cannot continue to be ranked last in the nation for teachers. At the least, we must fall in the middle of the pack if we want any hope of employers bringing new jobs to the state. Just ask the team of people who were involved in the effort to recruit ?? North Carolina. [Speaker Changes] Mr President [Speaker Changes] Senator Apodoca what purpose do you rise? [Speaker Changes] Mr President, i have a motion Please [Speaker Changes]: Senator Apodoca , you have the floor for the motion [Speaker Changes]: Move to adjourn [Speaker Changes]: Motion is to adjourn [Speaker Changes]: Mr President [Speaker Changes]: Senator Bloom [Speaker Changes]: I believe I have the floor [Speaker Changes]: Senator Bloom if you go ahead and wrap your remark.

?? this was a point of personal privilege…so not of the state of the union. So if you’ll please wrap up. Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Sir. I appreciate that. So school systems are very important, from K12 all the way through the university system. It’s enticing the job creators and we must support collaboration between industry and the university system in order to create degrees that can put people straight to work as new jobs become available. North Carolina’s economy has always grown from the middle out. And North Carolina was once a state where home-grown businesses could grow and thrive. A state that outpaced the rest of the South in new industry, growth and job creation. A state with the best university system in the country. A state where middle-class children learned the skills to outpace and out-compete everyone else in the nation. That’s the kind of North Carolina that I want to work with the majority in this session in making sure that we create, in making sure that we sustain. That’s the kind of North Carolina that will make North Carolina great for all of its people and great for all of us. Thank all of you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator Boyle is there any other business to come before the Senate? If not the Chair recognizes Senator Burr. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President I move that the Senate do now adjourn subject to the standard stipulations set forth in Senate rule 24.1 to reconvene on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9 a.m. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is the Senate do now adjourn subject to the standard stipulations set forth in Senate rule 24.1 to reconvene Thursday, January 29…Senator did you say 1 p.m? [SPEAKER CHANGES] 9 [SPEAKER CHANGES] 9 a.m. At 9 a.m. Seconded by Senator Brown all if favor say "aye." Opposed "no." The "ayes" have it. Senate stands adjourned.